It's always hard to figure out how to dive into a trade show. Do you go the appointment route and schedule nothing but back to back appointments who send you invitations ahead of time?
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
Michael Kanellos of news.com is in Israel checking out some of the local technology companies this week.
I'm fresh off the Delta Shuttle from Boston and sitting in the press room at C3 Expo (Corporate and Channel Computing) at the Javits Center on New York City's West Side (photo of a dead show floor shown below). I'm also fully loaded with gear for some multimedia coverage.
In writing WinFS R.I.P., my fellow ZDNet blogger Marc Orchant devotes sufficient text and linkage to what to many appears to be the death of WinFS: the supposedly revolutionary new Windows file system that Microsoft can't seem to shrink wrap and get out the door.
Forward-thinking industry observers are usually looking only one to three years out. Many see no farther than the next release of Windows.
In a story he headlined Web 2.0 sews grassroots collaboration, CNET News.
Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft's Business Division, laid out the roadmap for Microsoft's communications products, most of which won't show up until at least a year from now. It's one way to give customers hope for the future, and keep them in the fold, that Microsoft can help them overcome communications chaos.
Later this morning Microsoft is rolling out its unified communications strategy at an event in San Francisco. Part of the announcement, already available in news stories and press releases, includes a video-conferencing camera, Microsoft Office RoundTable.
Salesforce.com continues to find new ways to extend and generate more revenue from its base platform, this time with a Partner Edition.
During the concluding wrap up for BloggerCon IV, unconference host Dave Winer ironically talked about his plan to cease blogging, not for the first time. Before he launched into his exit strategy he talked about reasons for blogging.